Fire Performance

Fire data and a dinner

The FDNY Foundation recently hosted its 20th annual dinner in Manhattan, celebrating both the foundation and the 150th anniversary of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). The dinner honored high-profile members o...

Fire data in action

Flying cross-country on a transcontinental flight gives you time to think (especially after two coffees). As I write this, I’m somewhere over the Great Plains but thinking about a presentation I attended last night....

The economics of your PPC grade

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC ® ) program gets a lot of rightful attention for its positive effect on local fire service. After all, it provides an impartial assessment of a fire district’s capabilities...

Fire departments on a mission

Nearly every fire department I’ve visited proudly displays their mission statement in a prominent place in their headquarters. Although each department has unique responsibilities, all proclaim their mission is to...

Type A’s at the National Fire Academy

I had the opportunity to attend the 26th Annual Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) Graduate Symposium this past September 4–6 at the National Fire Academy (NFA). It’s been a long time since I attended, and I...

Looking forward to working with the fire service

When I was hired as a firefighter by the City of Sunrise, Florida Fire Department in 1977, I never thought my career would lead me here — National Director of Community Hazard Mitigation Services for ISO/Verisk...

Fire service inspiration from the road

Flying home from back-to-back fire service conferences, I’m reflecting on the remarkable audiences I had the opportunity to interact with. At the Ohio State Fire Chiefs’ Association conference, we spent a full day wit...

Fire service leaders talk data at NFPA workshop

Recently, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a report on its “Today and Tomorrow’s Fire Data,” an edifying two-day workshop I attended earlier this year at the National Institute of Standards and...

Lessons on social media from the IAFC conference

I was happy to attend the Eastern Division International Association of Fire Chiefs conference on May 9. What a rewarding experience. Chief Ted Lowden and Evesham Fire Rescue were wonderful hosts, and it was a great...